Ascent of Silver Peak-Southwest Summit on 2012-07-20

Climber: Tim Berger

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Silver Peak-Southwest Summit
    Elevation:10772 ft / 3283 m

Ascent Trip Report

One of the entries on Silver Peak claimed the two peaks, Highland and Silver, to be harder than doing Russel or Whitney. Given the round trip mileage and elevation greater than 6,000 feet, and the faint trails, scrambling and varied terrain, it's probably true, absent the altitude. The day was demanding and included nearly every kind of terrain, from well maintained PCT walk in for 4 miles, to use trails to no trails. There was boulder hopping, loose scree, loose sand, bushwacking through scrub trees, route finding around false summits, steep class 3 descents, and trail-less cross country descent into Noble Cyn which I messed up and lost my windbeaker as I struggled through a willow thicket.

Conversely, I had the mountains to myself, beautiful weather and scenery, and a challenging hike.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3090 ft / 941 m
    Elevation Loss:5456 ft / 1662 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:clear, mild to warm, breezy at summit to 25 mph
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1514 ft / 461 m
    Extra Loss:783 ft / 238 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Trailhead:10041 ft / 3060 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 34 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4673 ft / 1424 m
    Extra Gain:1576 ft / 480 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:buttress west from near bottom of pass with Highla
    Trailhead:Noble Lk trail in Noble Cyn  13869 ft / 4227 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 19 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Highland & Silver (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Highland Peak2012-07-20
2Silver Peak-Southwest Summit2012-07-20

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